Owning a home in Florida means enjoying fantastic weather year-round. Even the few chilly days during winter don’t get you down. Along with great weather comes the need for HVAC maintenance. You might think summer is the main season for maintenance but even during the winter you’ll want your system running in tip-top shape. Here’s the checklist we recommend for winter HVAC maintenance.
Changing the air filter is the easiest maintenance task and one most homeowners can take care of on their own. It’s also the easiest to forget! Dust particles, pet dander, and other debris build up on the filter and make your system work harder than it should. Set a reminder on your cell phone’s calendar or write one on a sticky note and put it on the refrigerator door. Change the filter every 1-3 months and you’ll prevent your HVAC system from overworking. You’ll also help keep your energy costs down. And of course, you’ll maintain better indoor air quality.
Clean the HVAC System Components
While you’ll want your HVAC specialist to do a thorough tune-up and cleaning, you can still take care of some of the tasks yourself. Aside from the air filter, dirt also builds up on the coils, burners, ignition, and safety devices on your furnace. You can dust the outside of your HVAC unit. Don’t forget to sweep debris and remove clutter near your system and from your air vents. The rest of the cleaning is usually best done by your HVAC tech.
Sometimes funny things happen with HVAC systems. They cool when you want them to warm and vice versa. What’s funny is the reason why that happens. It’s the thermostat! It’s easy to bump it and move it from HEAT to COOL. Other than taking note of your thermostat setting, you should also clean it. Wipe the outside with a soft cloth and use a soft paintbrush to dust off the inside. While you have the unit open, if it uses batteries, go ahead and install a fresh set. While you’re caring for your thermostat, change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors too.
Make a Regular Maintenance Appointment
When you set your air filter reminder, also set one to call your HVAC company and schedule routine maintenance. Maintenance includes an inspection of your HVAC system and its components. Usually, the technician lubricates any moving parts, paying special attention to the blower motor. They also check your power supply and fuel connections. If you have a gas-fired furnace, the tech will check the gas pressure. Since homeowners in Florida still use the AC at times during the winter, routine maintenance should also include of check of refrigerant levels.
See how simple it is to check things off your winter HVAC maintenance checklist? When you’re ready to schedule your winter maintenance appointment, call Cox Heating and Air Conditioning at 727-442-6158. We’re all about taking care of your comfort, safety, and the efficiency of your HVAC system.